If I was ever asked to describe the 2019 Ford Expedition in one word I would easily manage: “Humongous”. Ford Expedition was fully revamped just last year, so there aren’t many major changes this year around, though this giant has already made its way to the first place in the Large SUVs list. Now, let’s take a closer look at Ford’s prize possession.
- Powerful engine
- Unmatched interior space
- Comfortable third-row seating
- Supportive firm seats
- Exceptional towing capabilities
- Top-notch cabin materials
- User-friendly intuitive tech
- Overly-soft brake pedal
- Somewhat cumbersome driving
- The cabin is a tad noisy at highway speeds (except for the Platinum)
- Pricier than the competition
Ford Expedition Overview
2019 Expedition is the last year’s fully revamped version with just a few minor add-ons. And, happy to state: it’s still a huge awesome tech-packed reliable vehicle with the comfort level cranked up to the max. Ford really went all-in with this one: the entire vehicle is on par with or better than anything you can find on the road today.
The Expedition is available in three trims. There’s the entry-level XLT and the mid-level Limited, and Ford’s Platinum top tear is fully packed with every single conceivable premium and convenience feature. Additionally, all three trims have an extended-wheelbase with bigger cargo area; this adds the “Max” to the trim name. Speedy powerful 375 hp EcoBoost with the 9 300 lbs of towing power make it the most powerful Expedition to date. Overall, this is one of the few, if not the only SUVs that makes a statement: it is extremely stylish, with an abundance of features and cutting-edge tech, cool interior and lots of advanced drivers assist.
All-new last year, the Expedition really stands with somewhat aggressive exterior design. There’s some apparent resemblance to the Explorer, especially with the headlights, taillights and overall profile design. It is a handsome bold exterior design, which is greatly enhanced and complemented by the Expedition’s greatest asset – its humongous size. Some drivers find chrome detailing to be a tad over the top.
Moving on inside you’ll be even more impressed with Ford’s effort: the interior looks very expensive. Then again, remember that the lower-grade Expedition’s trim starts somewhere around 50 K, thus beautiful quality materials, the top level of seating comfort, expensive hard plastics, well thought through storage space, premium tech, and on-point climate control should really be a given. Moreover, this is probably the only vehicle that offers equally quality comfort seating to every single one of 7 passengers and the driver.
All of the Ford Expedition trims come equipped with the outstanding twin-turbocharged V6 3.5-liter engine. It’s the Ford engine we sincerely love. The engine generates 375 hp, and the one in the Platinum top-grade trim steps it up to 400 horsepower. Seamless performance is also provided by the 10-speed automatic and the 4WD or the 2WD option boosted by the system to maximize traction on different surfaces. Fuel economy is pretty decent for the humongous dimensions and averages out to 24 mpg on highways.
The newest SYNC 3 infotainment system is definitely value for money, moreover, the Expedition has an abundance of driver assistance features as well as Ford’s great safety tech. All of the necessities, like the USB ports, satellite or HD radio, the out of this world 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Bluetooth, cameras, parking sensors, MyKey system, and a 100 more features either come standard for your trim or are available for you to add.
The lowest-grade trim price starts somewhere just below the 50K mark. The standard-length Limited starts at about 64 300 USD with the Limited Max price tag reaching approximately 67K. And the crème-de-la-crème, the Platinum model will set you back somewhere around 74 K for the standard and around 77 350 USD for the Platinum Max.
Standardly you can seat 8 grown adults in the Expedition, and every single one very comfortably, which is unheard of in the car industry. The SVU can also be turned into a 7-seater if you would ask for the second-row bucket seats. Cloth upholstery is standard, leather upholstery is optional. There are five complete sets of LATCH connectors available.
The Expedition’s tri-zone climate system is, in a word, perfect. Front row seating comfort is boosted with the ventilation and heating. The CC itself can be easily accessed and adjusted.
The SYNC 3 infotainment is user-friendly with an intuitive interface. Smartphone integration is effortless, and there’s an option of a larger touchscreen. You won’t have any trouble integrating your phone, and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay bring a lot to the table tech-wise.
Storage and Space
Like with everything else, Ford doesn’t disappoint here. There’s more than enough storage options inside the cabin. As you might imagine, if you’ve picked the “Max” option for any trim your cargo space will increase immensely. For example, standard offer is 20.9 cubic feet, with the third row folded it’ll expand to 63.6, by folding the second-row seats you’ll reach 104.6 cubic feet. With the Max, those numbers would be 36, 79.6, and 121.5 accordingly.
It is an extremely comfortable car, the seats are plush and supportive with even the third row being suitable for adults, it handles well, the climate control is on point, there is tons of space and the engine noise is minimal.
Every single seat in the 2019 Expedition is very comfortable, firm and supportive. All seats recline, and the second row can slide, plus with the tilting second-row seats make it easy to access the third row.
We can honestly say, that everyone feels very comfortable in the 2019 Expedition: a rare statement these days, especially for those riding in the third row of any randomly chosen SUV.
Most of the reviewers pointed to 22-inch wheels spoiling the ride quality, making it fill buzzy on rough roads, though this can easily be fixed – just don’t buy them. Apart from that, the quality is on point.
Safety & Reliability
The NHTSA gave the highest marks: on absolutely all of the independent analysis and test results the Expedition has managed to score 5 out of 5.
Should I Buy the Ford Expedition?
If you are looking for a large SUV – this is the vehicle for you. Though, if you don’t need so much towing power or your family isn’t that big, you might want to give it another thought as the price is, well, let’s call it “impressive”.
How Much Does it cost?
48 530 USD – 79 200 USD